Using The Internet To Learn Something New

So, a few months ago I realized that I really wasn’t harnessing the immense power that the internet has, there I was, sat at the computer with a vast amount of capabilities in front of me and all I could think of to do was play retro Sega games, check my Instagram and watch videos of people falling off heir skateboards.

It was at this moment that I made a decision to use the power which the internet has and utilize it to learn something new, two things actually. My choices were that I would learn how to play the guitar and that I would learn all about the Ancient Egyptians, a topic which I have always been fascinated by. If you want to do what I did and learn something new then here are some great ways to do so.

Timing

How much time you will have each day will depend on your own schedule but I would advise that you set a certain of portion of time aside each day and stick to it if you want to get the most out of learning.

Expectations

If it has been a while since you studied then you are going to need to lower your expectations in the first month or two. When you are young, your brain is like a sponge and you can soak up knowledge in no time at all, as the years tick on this can become a little more difficult so bear that in mind when you begin.

Resources

Once you have made the decision for what you will learn about you should spend a good few hours on search engines discovering the best places to get your resources. Wikipedia serves its purpose pretty well but you should never solely rely on this as a factual resource. In fact you should cross reference facts across many different sites to get to the bottom of it.

I like to use the fantastic Great Courses material designed by Thomas Rollins teaching expert and educator who put together this fantastic study material for a wide range of subjects.

YouTube is a wonderful tool as well  if you are looking to pick up a new skill or watch documentaries, my guitar playing has improved greatly in a few short months and that is thanks to the step-by-step guides on the video site. I was also able to find some great footage from inside the pyramids and a mock-autopsy of Tutankhamen on YouTube, this is a great place for reference.

Self Discipline

The final part of learning something new online is to ensure that you are disciplined with yourself around your learning. There is nobody there to tell you what or when to study and for this reason you need to be able to have the commitment and the self-learning abilities to work hard and learn as much as you can all by yourself. Just think of it like this, you are doing this for yourself and if you fail to study or decide to relax instead of learn then the only person that damages is you.

Express Your Creativity On The Internet

The internet is one of the most powerful and intricate inventions of our time, it has the power to connect people from all over the World, it has changed the way in which we live our lives and it is an ever changing landscape of digital technology which enables us to do almost anything that we set our mind to. Despite this incredible power and limitless possibility, I far too often find myself sat on YouTube watching videos of animals fighting, a child biting his brother’s finger or old X-factor auditions when I want to pass some time online.

I decided a couple of months back that I was going to start to use my time online to do something a little more creative than just checking social media and if you want to do the same then here are some great things that you can be doing to express your creativity online.

YouTuber

Why not flip the YouTube camera around and become a star yourself, there are people out there getting millions of views on their YouTube channels, Nigerian pastor and prophet TB Joshua has a channel called Emmanuel TV which has amassed over 700 million views, that is just an example of the success which you can find here. The idea is to be funny informative, thought provoking or altogether weird if you want to find success on YouTube and if you are engaging enough then you could become a star.

Blogging

Blogging is a great way to express your creativity on the internet, you can blog about absolutely anything that you want to and meet people across the web who share your ideas. The beauty of blogging is that it offers absolute freedom and gives you a chance to show off your creative side. In order to gain traffic you should be utilizing social media to grow your blog’s reputation and engaging regularly with readers of your blog. Blogging can be used to share written content, photography, videos and everything in between and it can be a great way to use your time online.

Sell Yourself

If you have a gift for making things then you could be in line to make some money by selling your hand made wares on the internet. Websites like Etsy specialize in the selling of hand-made and unique products and this can be a great place for you to show off what you can do and make some money in the process. Be warned, the bar is pretty high on these websites so you need to be sure that your designs and creations are absolutely on the money, if you sell sub standard stuff then you won’t last very long in the marketplace.

There are many other ways in which you can get creative online, these are just some of the ways that I have been exploring in the past few months, the key is to try something different and stop spending your days on YouTube like I used to.